Stanford Family Medicine

For Patients

How we can work together

One of the greatest rewards of practicing medicine is being able to get to know each patient as an individual, and to work with each patient to help solve whatever problem she or he has. To get the most out of our time together we would like to tell you a few points we try to keep in mind when we see you, and to offer a few suggestions for you to consider.

What we try to keep in mind during your office visit

  1. Give you time to tell me why you are here and what your concerns are.
  2. Explain to you what we have learned from taking a history, performing a physical exam, or interpreting lab tests.
  3. Explain what our understanding of your problem is, what treatment we recommend and why. Explain why we do or don't order tests or make referrals.
  4. Listen to your ideas about what is happening and what should be done.
  5. Clarify arrangements for follow-up, either by phone or return visit.

How we can work together

  1. Let the receptionist know what you want to cover with me when you schedule our appointment so he or she can allocate sufficient time.
  2. Identify the problems or concerns you would like addressed during our visit. It may help to write them down. Bring up these issues at the beginning of the visit so we can pace the visit to cover them all. If there is not time during the scheduled visit to cover everything, we may need to decide which the most important topics are for this visit.
  3. Ask questions. That is how we all learn. And it helps avoid misunderstandings.
  4. Let us know if you don't agree with a diagnosis of your problem or suggestions for treatment. Identifying differences will improve our understanding each other and therefore lead to better treatment decisions and results.

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